Re: Clay Season Thread 2009
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - "Je suis dans le bon timing"
Jo gave the impression of serenity in the press conference following his defeat against Ljubicic.
Today, I felt as good as yesterday. The opponent was simply better. Regarding the first set, I have nothing to reproach myself for. In the second set, I served for the set … and unfortunately, I did not manage this service game properly. Normally, in this type of situation, I am serene. This time, no. The next time, I will apply myself to doing better. What disappointed me today, is that I could not go further in the tournament. I have regrets, of course. But to be frank, it’s not really the priority in my season. I will simply try to do better next time.
A worthy opponent
Overall, Ivan played very well. Returned very well, on the baseline : I only have to say « well done ! » I expected that, in view of what he already showed at the Australian Open. He’s a good match player, and he’s playing better and better recently.
The incident with the cameras
I went to serve for the second set, it was an important moment, I was concentrated. Nervous. And when, at the moment where you toss the ball, you hear « clac clac clac… » it’s annoying ! You tell them the first time. You explain to them that they can take plenty of photos throughout the match, when you’re leading 15-0 or 40-0 for example… But, at important moments…. (sighs) Briefly, they start again just after, and then … You repeat a second time. At this moment, frankly, this drives you nuts ! It ‘s painful… On one hand, it’s also my fault. I have to remain focused. But, frankly, I wish they would sometimes have more tact when the guy is ultra concentrated.
Leg problem ?
I don’t lean well on left leg. It’s a technical problem, but I feel absolutely no pain. It’s been a while since I’ve been doing this…
I could have done much better… But I can’t win all the time ! It ‘s twice in a row now that I lose early, but in a sense, it’s a good thing : I will re-assess myself, be philosophical about it. I continue my journey, and hope to arrive at Roland with maximum confidence.
The courts of Caja Magica…
I am not allowed to say anything bad about the ATP (smiles)…
Dans les starts pour Roland ** not sure of this expression
Although I did not make it today, I feel ready to attack 3 set matches. Despite all the running I did, I felt at the end of the match that I could do so for another 3 hours !
Countdown before the French Open ?
I am not an accountant, not to the nearest cent (laughter). I have the feeling my timing is good. *NB: sorry, can't find the right context here
World Team Cup : ideal preparation for Roland Garros ?
Knowing that we will play minimum three matches, that’s good. That’s what is needed. But I can’t say that there’s an « ideal » way of preparing. The important thing is to play on clay before arriving at Roland Garros. To perform well in the match. To be ready.
Is it enough to have played only 3 matches on clay 10 days before Roland Garros ?
It’s not a lot. But if that’s something to talk about, that’s cool… (smile)
Nadal dethroned at Porte d’Auteuil : a plausible scenario ?
Why not ? And what if he has a little sprain ? (laughter) (Obviously, I don’t wish that on him) He plays very well, and it will be difficult, it’s true. But, if I’m playing in a tournament, it’s with the intention of winning it. I aspire for the title !
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power ~ Abraham Lincoln